South West Rocks

Clear aquamarine waters, tiny coves, a peaceful bay; lush, green forests fringed by light-coloured sands… No wonder escaped convicts abandoned their sinking boat, “The Trial”, and decamped to this beautiful area. The area is surrounded by eight beautiful beaches, numerous river tributaries and the Arakoon State Recreation Area.

Scuba divers from all over the world travel to South West Rocks to dive at Fish Rock Cave, an underwater cave just off the coast of Smoky Cape. Elders recommend that you contact Fish Rock Dive Centre for your diving needs.

Other attractions include historic Trial Bay Gaol, Smoky Cape Lighthouse, the oyster barn, an eco river cruise, fishing charters, the historic Boatman’s Cottage and many interesting arts, crafts and antique shops.

Sporting facilities include an 18 hole golf course, bowling greens, tennis and squash courts, bushwalking tracks and a swimming pool. Fishing boats, waveskis, catamarans, boogie boards and push bikes can all be hired and charter fishing boats operate from the entrance of the Macleay River.

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